Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

University of Vermont Health Network
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

The CDIO will serve as both a senior resource and a strategic partner collaborating with a wide range of leaders, administrators, and staff to inspire, initiate, define, provide oversight, and report the outcomes of DEI initiatives, policies, and programs that enhance the unique strengths of individual units, identify shared commonalities, and advance collective goals. The CDIO will report directly to the UVMHN CEO, will participate fully in the senior leadership of the Network, and will head Network-wide efforts to develop a strategic vision and implement an operational plan that systemically advances diversity, equity and inclusion as part of UVMHN’s core mission across all partners. Related to this endeavor, the CDIO, in conjunction with partner Presidents and partner DEI leaders, will lead the development of a centralized organizational structure for DEI that is aligned with the Network’s integrated delivery system operating model, providing an overarching vision and individual support to partners to customize resources and programming to achieve agreed-upon Network-wide goals. DEI leadership at partner locations will report directly to their partner President and to the Network CDIO.  The CDIO will share responsibility with Partner presidents for goal setting, performance evaluations and hiring and termination decisions with Partner presidents.  Conflicts between the CDIO and the presidents will be escalated to the CEO or COO for resolution. Additionally, this position will work to document and coordinate all the DEI initiatives across the Network, find opportunities to share best practices across units and galvanize champions and allies in support of this mission.

The CDIO will be an experienced and innovative leader with the proven skills to build, guide, and assess policies and practices that encourage diversity, equity and inclusion as a means of propelling the Network’s bold vision from aspiration to actualization. The CDIO will have the skills necessary to work through a matrixed organization to build consensus and to collaborate effectively to reach goals and operationalize initiatives collaboratively.  Energized by the opportunity to create and bolster a nascent equity and inclusion system-wide department, the CDIO will demonstrate an understanding of issues inherent to DEI particularly as it intersects with the mission of a health sciences enterprise. Serving as an expert and advisor for UVMHN leadership, the CDIO will be knowledgeable in current best practices and engender a nuanced understanding of the complexity of issues involved in creating and maintaining a more inclusive and diverse system, addressing disparities in health care outcomes, and ensuring an equitable, respectful inclusive, and welcoming environment for all employees and patients. Operating within a multifaceted health care ecosystem with multiple cultures will require a CDIO who can navigate these complexities nimbly, thoughtfully, transparently, and in a culturally humble manner while maintaining responsibility and accountability for comprehensive DEI strategy.

While no single candidate will likely have all the ideal qualifications, candidates should embody the UVMHN mission, vision, and values and possess many of the following qualifications and characteristics:

Knowledge and Expertise:

  • Should possess knowledge in the field of diversity science, including an understanding of the complex histories, expressions, and needs of different identities and communities, unconscious bias, micro and macro aggressions, social justice, cultural humility, intersectionality, and how corollary systems of discrimination and oppression—racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, xenophobia, ableism—mutually reinforce one another.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading, developing, and implementing evidence-based diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and programs at large, complex organizations.
  • Experience working within a fast-paced matrixed environment handling multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in partnering across all functions to develop and manage DEI strategies and programs that support engagement and all organizational goals.

Strategic Vision:

  • Should have a strategic mindset and the ability to further develop, cultivate and share a long-term shared vision DEI within the organization; ability to align DEI goals with the overall business strategy and create a roadmap for implementing, educating and influencing others on the importance of their accountability to this work.
  • Should have a proven track record of forming and leading high functioning, multidisciplinary teams.

Communication and Influencing Skills:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential to effectively articulate the importance and benefits of DEI to a broad base of stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage and influence change throughout the organization with effective relationship-building skills across all levels. Should be adept at managing change and overcoming resistance.  Need to be comfortable challenging existing norms and practices and be resilient in the face of setbacks.
  • Outstanding command of the elements and dynamics of changing an organizational culture while embodying cultural humility and high emotional intelligence, and the commitment to see the change through to completion; passion and patience with ability to build a plan for the design, implementation, assessment, and evolution of key milestones over time.

Analytical and Data oriented:

  • Disciplined, data-oriented, analytical leadership skills characterized by the ability to collect and analyze data related to diversity and inclusion and quality metrics.  Use data to identify gaps, set goals and track progress; familiar with quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Business intelligence that matches in strength emotional intelligence, proving talent for translating data into strategy and action plans.

Job Requirements:

Master’s degree in Business or related field, clinical experience preferred.

  • Typically requires 10 years of professional experience in complex, hospital, clinical practice, or academic medical environment with 5 years of successfully leading, developing, and implementing, equity, diversity and inclusion strategies within a complex integrated health system.
  • Disciplined, data-oriented, analytical leader who possesses business intelligence that is equally as strong as their emotional intelligence. Strong ability to translate data into strategy and action plans.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in partnering across all functions to develop and manage DE&I strategies and programs that support engagement and all organizational goals.
  • Must be results oriented. Proven ability to lead large complex projects, working in a fast-paced matrixed environment, handling multiple, and changing priorities simultaneously.
  • Experience working within a clinical setting strongly preferred.
Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

We work to create a more equitable, accessible, and inclusive
environment for providers and staff, in order to promote a culture of belonging and attract and retain a talented and committed workforce. Ongoing activities to support this work include: 1) Regular Listening Sessions hosted by DEI&B leaders along with Presidents of each health care partner. This is a time for meaningful conversations with employees which help shape actionable steps we can take to bring awareness and learning throughout our workforce. 2) From a Talent Acquisition perspective, we've created reports to gather data from self-reporting EEO questionnaire responses in our applications. This will enable us to track how we are reaching diverse professionals, including people of color, to inform and improve marketing efforts and socializing of our employment opportunities. 3) UVM Health Network is co-sponsoring and will be strongly represented at this year's Health Equity Summit, Closing the Margin: Avenues to Health Equity.

Wage or Salary
283,360.00 - 354,200.00 (midpoint) - 425,040.00 USD Annual